Indigenous, & Rural Leader Live-in Student Staff: Fall 20-Spring 21

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Classification:Student Assistant C
Grade:Student C
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA VC Student Affairs
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

This is a Student Assistant C Labor Pool at UAA for work with the Alaska Native, Indigenous & Rural Outreach Program, housed with the Department of Residence Life in UAA's On-Campus Living community.


We are currently recruiting for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 academic year for students to support and mentor UAA’s Alaska Native, Indigenous, Native American, and rural Alaskan students.

Indigenous & Rural Leaders (IRLs) are student leaders who create a welcoming environment in the Cama-i Room for the UAA and Anchorage communities, and work to extend that welcoming environment to residence hall occupants.

IRLs host social and educational activities that celebrate the various cultures of Alaska. In addition, IRLs play a vital role in keeping the On-Campus Living community safe and comfortable by enforcing policy and managing incidents that may occur during hall programs or while working in the Cama-i Room.

Our IRLs live & work in the residential community, providing weekend and late evening-hour Alaska-themed programs in assigned halls and the Cama-i Room, and providing additional outreach to rural students living in their community.

IRLs receive an hourly wage of $10.50 per hour for work inside the Cama-i Room, and in addition, receive a $750-per-semester room discount that may be applied to a single, double, quad or apartment pending approval from their supervisor.

INDIGENOUS & RURAL LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES: The IRL’s commitment is for a full academic semester. Attendance at all training sessions is required.

Community Development

  • Live in one of UAA’s residential communities and serve as a resource to residential students (North, East, West Halls).
  • Abide by the Wellness Initiative as stated in the Community Living Standards for designated living areas.
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to residents and explain, confront and report violations of the Student Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Facilitate Welcome Home Weeks programs (fall and spring).
  • Encourage interaction among residents, idea sharing, and community activity participation.
  • Report to supervisors any concerning behaviors in support of resident wellness.
  • Collaborate with other student staff members on programming.
  • Provide support for any resident mental health crises or emergency situations that may arise.
  • Be available to students outside of programming for continued outreach targeted to rural, Alaska Native, Indigenous and Native American students living on-campus.
  • Support and abide by the UAA Student Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Create bulletin boards providing event and resource information once monthly, per the discretion of your supervisor.
  • Build community through student engagement and activities while working scheduled hours at hall desks and/or Cama-i Room.
  • Programming requirements are as follows:
    • Plan and implement a minimum of one (1) cultural programs per month in the On-Campus Living community residence halls.
    • Plan and implement Cama-i Room programming (schedule set by Alaska Native, Indigenous & Rural Outreach Program Coordinator).

Indigenous & Rural Leader Administrative Responsibilities

  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, staff development meetings, and leadership trainings.
  • Attend and participate in values cluster meetings and values based programs.
  • Attend and participate in 1-on-1 supervisor meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SHARED LEARNING OUTCOMES: The following learning outcomes were developed by the Student Affairs Assessment Team, and outlined in the 2017 Alaska PEAK Report ( "As a result of on-campus student employment at UAA, students will have the opportunity to develop:

  • Practical skills: demonstrating competency in customer service, project management, technical skills, effective communication, time management, and goal setting and attainment.
  • Cognitive complexity skills: articulating an application of resources, referrals, and federal/state/university policies and regulations, and an awareness of transferable skills.
  • Interpersonal skills: sustaining collaborative teamwork opportunities, an appreciation and awareness of diverse communities and practices, and implementation of conflict resolution and mediation.
  • Interpersonal skills: recognizing individual development evidenced by a commitment to ethics, integrity, and realistic self-appraisal.”


As paraprofessional staff members, live-in Indigenous & Rural Leaders (IRL) must possess effective interpersonal skills and be able to work well as a member of a team.

Demonstrated leadership and peer helping skills are preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with experience living in university residential communities and/or university leadership involvement.

Successful candidates must have an interest in working with students and the ability to engage them in conversation. Must have an interest in or prior knowledge of Alaska Native, Indigenous, Native American and/or rural Alaska Cultures.

Preference will be given to candidates eligible for work-study, a form of financial aid, although this is not a requirement for the position.

Required Experience: Demonstrate computer skills to include word processing, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Blackboard.

Typical Education or Training: 

Training for this position will be accomplished by shadowing the ANIROP coordinator. In addition, the ANIROP coordinator will provide structured training about the Department of Residence life and the expectations of the ANIROP program and the Cama-i Room. Regular feedback will be provided by the coordinator.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Possess excellent interpersonal skills and telephone etiquette.
    Training for this position will be accomplished by shadowing the ANIROP coordinator. In addition, the ANIROP coordinator will provide structured training about the Department of Residence life and the expectations of the ANIROP program and the Cama-i Room.
  • Regular feedback will be provided by the coordinator.
  • Demonstrate computer skills to include word processing, Google Mail, Google Calendar, Blackboard.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on July 10, 2020.

To be eligible for this student position, candidates must:
a. Be admitted and enrolled in a University of Alaska system in a degree-program with a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) credit hours for graduate students during regular semesters of employment; or
b. For employment between semesters, be admitted in a degree-seeking program, and demonstrate plans to enroll for twelve (12) or more credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) or more credit hours for graduate students in the next regular semester; and
c. Have at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA); satisfactory term grade point average (2.50 or above) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or their designee, and maintain successful academic progress.
d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer.
e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlines above to substantiate employment eligibility.
f. Be in good disciplinary standing at the time of appointment and must remain in good disciplinary standing throughout the duration of employment. Should the Department of Residence Life student employee be placed on disciplinary probation, the individual will no longer be eligible for employment within the department.
g. Position reappointment from fall to spring semesters is contingent upon the following: academic eligibility, successful progress toward degree completion, performance evaluation, and judicial standing.

NOTICE: Students must maintain enrollment and regular attendance for a minimum of at least 6 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours to be exempt from FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. A credit hour load below the minimum required for full-time student status will require the withholding of FICA tax (non-resident aliens on an appropriate visa who meet student employment criteria will continue to be exempt from FICA regardless of credit hour load). While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the university.

To be eligible for student employment with the Department of Residence Life at UAA, a student must:

a. be enrolled in the university system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment (minimum 12 credits for live-in positions); or
b. for employment between semesters, have successfully completed six or more UA credit hours in the preceding semester and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester (minimum 12 credits for live-in positions; and
c. not work hours which interfere with class attendance; and
d. have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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